Hello, and welcome new subscribers,
October was a busy month here in the Pupperteers Palace – my husband’s name for our home as he thinks the dogs get more attention than he does – he’s probably right. My darling granddaughter, Edie, has been here more often than is usual, which is wonderful, but does mean the midnight oil has taken a battering trying to get everything else done. The new Meredith & Hodge is well underway, and you won’t believe what Meredith has done now – no, I’m not telling . . . yet.
I’m delighted to confirm that Witness for Wendy, the first in the Bearing Witness series, will go on sale on the 9th November 2017 – and to celebrate it is available for pre-order at the reduced price of 0.99, it will revert to full price on 10th November 2017 – you can pre-order here. Many, many thanks to the beta readers & advanced reader team for their help and input on this. I hope you all like the final version.
Thank you to everyone that took my survey on your reading/book buying habits, over 100 of you took the time. The most interesting results are below, but first the winners of the three 10.00 Amazon vouchers. These were drawn at random from all entries, and those who also sent links to reviews were entered twice. The winners are:
Suzanne from Kentucky, USA – Liz from Canada – Jan from Hertfordshire, UK – Congrats!
Here are the results from the survey which I think you will find most interesting, and my answers to those questions are in italics:
An amazing 50% of respondents had over 50 books waiting to be read on their kindle. One had more than 1000! I have thirty books on my kindle.
At least 50% of the books on your kindles were free. I guess about 10% of mine are free.
10% NEVER review books they have read. 8% because they can’t be bothered. Although 44% would always leave a review if they liked the book. I’m quite shocked that people can’t be bothered, particularly as it is a way of thanking an author if you’ve enjoyed a free book. I do wonder if they simply don’t realise how important reviews are to the author. To keep taking and not giving anything back when it only takes a few words and a few minutes seems harsh. One of my favourite reviews said simply: “I loved it – more please!” I always review a book if I can award 3 stars or more. I never leave a negative review, as I know you can’t please all of the people . . . and I guess that book simply wasn’t to my taste.
20% will only pay up to 2.99 for a book, and the same number would go up to 4.99. A surprising 40% would pay over 4.99 for the ‘right’ book. The average cost of the books I buy is probably 2 – 3.99 although I would pay more if it was something I wanted to read.
An amazing 60% don’t consider the cost if they like the sound of the book. But 8% wouldn’t consider paying for a book as there are so many free books available. I only ever download books, paid or free, that I want to read or have been recommended.
32% of respondents had over 50 free books waiting to be read, and some admitted they might never get around to reading all those they had downloaded. 40% had over 20 paid books in the queue. It’s lucky most of us use e-readers or we’d be buried in books! I will certainly read all of the books on my kindle, I’m now being very disciplined in not downloading new books unless something really, grabs my attention. Currently there is only one free book in my to be read queue.
Finally, I’ve also managed to get my reviews up to date, have a peep you might find something that grabs your fancy HERE. I’d better get back to Meredith & Hodge …